(Montreal, Wednesday, 10 December 2008) – Twenty Tibetans who died this year in uprisings in Tibet will be honoured by a commemorative plaque placed at the Granville Island pavilion of the Trans-Canada Trail in Vancouver, B.C.
The plaque, to be placed by the Canada Tibet Committee, "honours the courage and resistance of the 20 victims," said CTC executive director Dermod Travis. "There is no better occasion to honour these individuals than on International Human Rights Day. They gave their lives in the pursuit of freedom for the Tibetan people."
December 10 also marks the 19th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Over 200 Tibetans lost their lives as they rallied for human rights in China in March 2008. With the following inscription, the first twenty to be honoured by the Canada Tibet Committee on the Trans-Canada trail are:
Your courage will be remembered
The plaque is part of the Canada Tibet Committee’s Race for Rights journey by former Team Canada member David Kay this past summer. With each 50 km pledged, the CTC will add an additional name to the Trail.
Race for Rights was a 7,700 km cross-Canada bike tour to raise public awareness of China’s human rights record leading through the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Canada Tibet Committee is an independent non-governmental organisation of Tibetans and non-Tibetans living in Canada, who are concerned about the continuing human rights violations and lack of democratic freedom in Tibet.
The Trans Canada Trail is a 21,500-kilometre recreational trail winding its way through every province and territory, from the Atlantic to Pacific to Arctic Oceans. When completed, it will be world's longest recreational trail, linking close to 1000 communities and over 33 million Canadians.
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